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Stacy Diaz | 10 July, 2018, 14:27

England midfielder Dele Alli admits that he is "enjoying" the ride in Russian Federation and hopes to continue bringing the nation together by reaching the World Cup final.

Winning the World Cup for the first time in 52 years has now transformed from fantasy into a distinct possibility, and Southgate thinks the rise of social media would only amplify the reaction if his England were to upset the odds and make it all the way. I'm an England fan and I have struggled to comprehend how, from 1990 when we came so close to reaching the final, we have never kicked on from there.

"We weren't aware of everything going on in the country as we were kept in a bubble", said Hurst, who added that none of the other teams still in Russian Federation should frighten England.

Before the tournament the groundwork was put in at England's tranquil, rural St George's Park training centre and once in Russian Federation, they have been ensconced in the quiet lakeside resort of Repino, 45 kilometres outside of St Petersburg. "It has felt like a good holiday we have been on and we are enjoying every moment of it. And if you have got that team spirit and togetherness off the pitch, you take that on to the pitch, fans, staff, players, you can see how everyone sticks together".

"I said at the start of this that over this summer, this is our family".

"If you're asking me a question in a one-off final can we do it?"

"We can't wait to get going now against Croatia", he added.

"No-one wants to go home".

In 1998, Croatia, which had emerged from a bitter independence war only three years earlier, made its debut at a World Cup finals.

"But for us, it's all about the experience". Slap a waistcoat on him, and it's not a million miles away from the man who has led England with such distinction in Russian Federation, and who stands on the brink of something truly historic.

"So we'll just have to assess people as we go".